Advocate Manjhpur Foils NIA Attempt To Manipulate Judge

By 16th February 2018 0 Comments

Court dismisses extra-judicial NIA application to transfer Jagtar Singh to Delhi

Today the NIA court ruled on the subject of yesterday’s proceedings on whether Jagtar Singh could be transferred out of Punjab to Tihar jail in Delhi.
Mohali: The Special MA Court of Mohali’s Additional Sessions Judge I (Mohali) today dismissed National Investigation Agency (NIA)’s plea seeking jail transfer of arrested Scottish citizen Jagtar Singh Jaggi, Taljit Singh @ Jimmy Singh, Ramandeep Singh Bagga and Hardeep Singh Shera to Tihar jail.
The court had heard arguments on NIA’s plea yesterday after which the verdict was reserved for day. Advocate Barjinder Singh Sodhi and Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur had opposed the NIA’s plea in the court yesterday.
Advocate Jaspal Singh Manjhpur said that the NIA’s plea was not maintainable as there is no law or rule under which an undertrial could be transferred out to some other state.

FJN Case Update 16th February 2018 by Free Jaggi Now Campaign

The ‘NIA special court’ has dismissed the NIA plea for transfer of Jaggi and others to Delhi.
The defense counsel argued that there is no provision in the law to transfer a prisoner, as yet under trial, to another state.
Notably the Indian Home Minister, the Punjab government and the Delhi government had given a “no objection” decision to the jail transfer.
The Indian government, it’s political establishment and security services, in particular the Punjab police, the NIA and Punjab/Delhi government continue in their attempts to circumvent the law and violate due process.
Till today there has been no private consular access, no independent medical, and no response from the indian government to repeated diplomatic correspondence by the British government seeking to investigate the torture Jaggi was subjected to.


105 days in detention without charge for Jaggi.

Today we seen the NIA court ruling against an application made by the “elite” investigative agency to relocate Jaggi from Punjab to Delhi. The judge was informed yesterday she has no jurisdiction in this matter. This was news to her, as she was unaware of this law. Upon receiving confirmation of her not having the authority to rule on this matter, she delayed her decision by 1 more day.

The NIA said they would not use underhanded tactics in the investigation against Jaggi and yet tried to bypass Supreme Court precedent. The agency tried to manipulate the judge into granting their application. The judge showed weakness by delaying her decision and continued to show the legal system of India is against Jaggi. This was simply another attempt to isolate Jaggi from his family and legal team.

To date, we have seen multiple violations of the legal system and allegations of torture have been ignored several times. There has been no due process and transparency from the beginning, despite India claiming Jaggi is being afforded all of his rights. Without Jaggi having a strong defence team, the NIA would have used this crafty method of putting Jaggi’s life in danger by relocating him to a prison with RSS extremists.


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